How do I know if my CBD oil is a good one?
There are 4 key things to consider when purchasing CBD oil. Though this list is not all you can do, it is a good start. If your CBD oil passes these 5 points, you probably have a good oil.
- ALWAYS check labs. If the company you are trying to buy your oil from does not have labs available, do not buy it. You need to know what is in your oil. For example, if you are treating anything pain related, you want an oil with higher amounts of CBDa than the typical oil. See the clip below:
CLIP A: See Below
CLIP B: See Below
CLIP C: See Below
Clip A has a decent amount of CBDa. Clip B is a lower amount of CBDa. There can be up to equal amounts of CBD and CBDa (very rarely more CBDa than CBD). For most people, more CBDa is better for pain and inflammation related issues. Clip C is the lab results from a CBD isolate. ONLY CBD is present.
You also want to check out a company’s pesticide reports. Hemp is a natural vacuum. It sucks up everything around it. It is actually used at Nuclear Power Plants to help clean up the soil.
- How is your hemp manufactured? Unfortunately, due to the young age of the CBD oil industry, there aren’t any regulations that control the manufacturing process. This means that different CBD brands may have different extraction methods in order to process CBD oil from hemp. Some companies, especially those who sell their products at a ridiculously low price, may use cheap methods when extracting CBD oil. This requires toxic solvents that may be dangerous to our health such as propane, hexane, pentane and butane. Others companies use organic, pharmaceutical-grade ethanol to process CBD. The ethanol, which is essentially grain alcohol, is used to remove unneeded toxins and residues from the base hemp plant. This method of extraction is generally considered to be the extraction process that yields the highest amount of cannabinoids among the different refinement processes as well as being considered a safe method of extracting CBD for human consumption. Lastly there is CO2 extraction which involves using carbon dioxide under high pressure in an extremely cold environment. Supercritical CO2 extraction requires expensive equipment, more complex refinement process and production expertise, but it ensures that CBD oil maintains its purity all through the process. Somewhere on the company’s website, it should be listed what method they use.
- Check the amount of THC in your oil. Tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, is one of the cannabinoids present in both marijuana and agricultural hemp, and it is the substance responsible for giving a psychoactive effect on the body. It is what gives a user a “high.” The reason why hemp is used over marijuana when creating CBD oil is because of the former’s innate low levels of THC over CBD, making it perfect for CBD oil processing. In the United States, the level is under .3%. In the UK, it is under .2%.
- Check for whole plant, full spectrum or raw full spectrum oil. Using the whole plant, rather than using only one part, ensures that the oil contains not just CBD, but also the full range of primary and secondary constituents of the hemp plant. These include terpenes, flavonoids, and other cannabinoids that are generally believed to work synergistically with CBD, making the benefits exponentially higher than CBD alone.